From sunny L.A. to… Birmingham. Indeed, Robbie Keane has been loaned out by LA Galaxy to Aston Villa

Of his move, the Irish captain said: "This is only short term, of course. But there has been a lot of speculation over the years linking my name to Villa and, finally, I'm here. I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League. I'm excited about it and I know I'll really enjoy my time here. It's only for two months, but I will do my absolute best. Villa are a great club, a club with a massive tradition and standing in the game. Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums I've ever played in."

Yes, but was it "a childhood dream" to play for Aston Villa, like it was to play for Coventry, Leeds, Spurs, Liverpool and Celtic?

So, for the next spell, lucky Robbie gets to swap Venice Beach and Rodeo Drive for... here.

No confirmation as to whether Claudine will be joining him.